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Joyce Yang, PhD


About me

​I work with a range of concerns including race-based stress and trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, insomnia, depression, loneliness, identity exploration, and interpersonal difficulties in a time-limited, goal-directed manner. In meeting each of my clients, I apply the dialectical balance between acceptance and change, holding firm that “at each moment we are all doing the best we can, and we can also do better”. As a radical behaviorist, I primarily use evidence-informed treatments from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, in order to enable my clients to find ways to live more fully.

Dr. Yang earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Washington (UW), where she conducted cultural mental health research on developing treatments for individuals living with chronic health conditions in international settings with low mental health resources. During this time, she received clinical trainingin a range of settings including UW’s center for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), UW Medicine’s inpatient psychiatric unit, a partial hospitalization eating disorders center, and a low-fee community clinic. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the Palo Alto VA, training in behavioral medicine, PTSD treatment (using Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy), and the Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program. She conducted her postdoctoral research fellowship at the National Center of PTSD of the Palo Alto VA and Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Yang has also provided on-site therapy at several Bay Area tech companies. Dr. Yang is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of San Francisco where she leads the Research on Equity and Action for Community Health (REACH) Lab, which conducts research that aims to reduce health disparities affecting communities of color.

Clinics I work in

General, Trauma Recovery Clinic

Training and Experience

Graduate School: University of Washington
Internship: VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Post-doctoral Fellowship: Stanford University – Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; VA Palo Alto Health Care System – National Center for PTSD



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